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1-28-2012 @ 5:36PM
My own golden rule of RP descriptions goes like this: If your RP relies on something that is in your description (and thus not obvious from simply looking at their race/class) then you're doing it wrong.Not everyone who RPs has an RP addon. And even then, there are plenty of other reasons why they may not be able to read your RP description; incompatible addons, different versions, UI conflicts and so forth. Not only does it, in essence, lock out anyone who isn't able to read your description, but it oft results in a case of "You didn't read my Desc, thus I won't RP with you".I'm not saying that your character shouldn't have features that aren't on their model; scars, tattoos or the like are perfectly fine. Its when your RP relies on people knowing that you're a half-Blood Elf half-fairy princess with dragon wings and glowing gold eyes that there's issues.
1-28-2012 @ 5:54PM
I agree with you to an extend, however I think that there are exceptions. For example, it would be perfectly fine to RP a war veteran who's lost a limb. Surely there must be some of those around, and I don't think it should be a no-go just because you cannot have it show ingame. However in that case you should be aware that there are people playing without a flag addon, and make your character's "special" trait visible to them in other terms, i.e. emotes or a quick /whisper.Getting rude over someone not reading your flag is, of course, completely inappropriate. Flags are there to add some optional flair, nothing more.
1-28-2012 @ 6:09PM
I agree with Yangli... mostly. A good RPer can show, not tell. For example, if you're a war vet missing a limb (like a leg) you can emote that you limp forward, leaning heavilly on your crutch. In fact, emoting things like that as you go about your business around town can be a great opener for others to respond to. But not all RPers are that good, some are beginning or very casual (like me). Descriptions help, a lot.
1-29-2012 @ 3:43AM
@Yangli I do know someone who plays a one-armed war vet. It's in his flag, AND he emotes reference to it regularly. He's also cool enough to not get mad if someone misses it -- a quick /whisper does the trick. It's about being responsible.
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